Bruges priest may succeed cardinal

30th October 2007, Comments 0 comments

30 October 2007, BRUGES – Bruges priest Adelbert Denaux is one of the candidates to succeed Cardinal Simonis as archbishop of Utrecht, Dutch newspaper Trouw reported on Tuesday.

30 October 2007

BRUGES – Bruges priest Adelbert Denaux is one of the candidates to succeed Cardinal Simonis as archbishop of Utrecht, Dutch newspaper Trouw reported on Tuesday.

69-year-old Denaux was rector of the Great Seminary in Bruges, theology professor at the Catholic University of Leuven and is now dean of the faculty of Catholic Theology in Tilburg.

Trouw says that Denaux has a good chance of the appointment because he is a builder of bridges and has shown the ability to bring people together in the new theology faculty in Tilburg.

"Colleagues say he is open, warm and understanding. He is an academic heavyweight and comes from West-Vlaanderen where church and faith are still an expected part of daily life. With his experience in Flanders he is not as defensive as many Dutch Roman-Catholic priests."

Factors that may hurt his chances, the newspaper reports, are that he is less familiar with the Dutch situation and is already at an advanced age.

In addition to Denaux Trouw reports there are four other candidates: Bishop Gerard de Korte of Utrecht; Bishop Eijk of Groningen; Rotterdam bishop Ad van Luyn and Jan Hulshof, superior general of the Marist fathers.

[Copyright Expatica News 2007]

Subject: Belgian news, Dutch news

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